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‘Lights Out’ Director David F. Sandberg on Subverting Expectations and Not Overstaying Your Welcome

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Director David F. Sandberg makes his feature directorial debut with the James Wan-produced horror movie Lights Out. Sandberg’s journey towards making his first film began in 2013 with a short film that cost nothing. The director and his wife, Lotta Losten, made the short together, and Sandberg and Losten submitted it to the Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge, where it was well received.

But it wasn’t until a few months later that the short really gained its popularity. Once it hit online, the short was viewed over 20 million times. Then Hollywood came running and offered Sanberg the opportunity to turn the short into a feature, which is now in theaters and stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, and Alexander DiPersia.

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